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Legacies of the Act

Although the 1964 Civil Rights act was created mainly in response to discrimination against African Americans, the law applies to all racial minorities, as well as to women and members of religious minorities. By calling for the collection of statistics, the law also makes it easier for minorities to track and document instances of discrimination. Later legislation expanded on the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In 1968 an Indian Civil Rights Act was passed, and subsequent years saw legislation aimed at enforcing the rights of disabled Americans and others.

1) Gary Mucciaroni

Same Sex, Different Politics: Success and Failure in the Struggle over Gay Rights. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.

2) Manon Trembay, David Paternotte, and Carol Johnson

The Lesbian and Gay Movement and the State. Farnham, Surrey; Burlington, VT. Ashgate: 2011.

3) José Luis Morín

Latino/a Rights and Justice in the United States. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2009.

cover of the book Latino/a Rights and Justice in the  United States

4) Patrick D. Lukens

A Quiet Victory for Latino Rights. Tuscon: University of Arizona Press, 2012.

5) Steven R. Ortiz (Ed.)

Veterans’ Policies, Veterans’ Politics. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012.

6) Margaret C. Jasper

The Americans with Disabilites Act. New York: Oceana, 2008.

7) David M. Haugen

The Rights of the Disabled. New York: Facts on File, 2008.

8) James S. Olson (Ed.)

Encyclopedia of American Indian Civil Rights. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997.

9) Kristin A. Carpenter, Mathew L.M. Fletcher, and Angela R. Riley

The Indian Civil Rights Act at Forty. Los Angeles: UCLA American Indian Studies Center, 2012.

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